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Hippodrome / Coventry Theatre / Apollo show archive

An attempt to list all the shows ever performed at our Hippodromes, beginning with the temporary circus buildings, which from 1884 were specially erected on Pool Meadow for each visit - then, in 1903, to the first permanent, but short-lived, 'Tin' Hippodrome on the Priory Street side of Pool Meadow facing the old Swimming Baths. The popularity of these shows created the demand for a theatre worthy of our city, and so in 1906 began the construction in Hales Street, next to Swanswell Gate, of what we now regard as the Old Hippodrome.
Again, the success of this theatre meant that barely three decades later a greater capacity was required, and so we come to our lovely art-deco New Hippodrome in Hales Street, once known as the Showplace of the Midlands. Opening on the 1st November 1937, it was renamed Coventry Theatre in 1955, then from 1979 became The Apollo, giving its final performance in June 1985. After a short spell as a bingo hall it was eventually realised that such a building could not be put to any practical use, so, sadly, it was demolished in 2002. If anyone still has any tickets or programmes and would like to see them used to illustrate a show, please contact me.



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1954

New Hippodrome, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Mon 29th Mar until Sat 3rd Apr 1954Affairs Of StateEntire London Company performing a laughter show.
Tue 6th Apr until Sat 10th Apr 1954Peter PanWith Pat Kirkwood and Stanley Holloway.
Mon 12th Apr until Sat 17th Apr 1954Educating ArchieStarring Peter Brough & Archie Andrews.
Mon 19th Apr until Sat 24th Apr 1954PygmalionWith Kay Hammond, John Clements and Athene Seyler.
Mon 26th Apr until Sat 1st May 1954Reluctant HeroesFeaturing John Slater.
Mon 3rd May until Sat 8th May 1954The Little HutLight Comedy, with Hugh Sinclair, Diane Hart and others.
Mon 10th May until Sat 15th May 1954Jazz WagonWith Jack Parnell and his Big Band, and other acts.
Tue 18th May until Sat 5th Jun 1954South PacificMusical, featuring Patricia Hartley, Nevil Whiting, Eddie Leslie, and others.
Sat 12th Jun until Sat 7th Aug 1954Star TimeThe Biggest Spectacular Musical Ever Seen In The Midlands. (For the Summer Season, 8 weeks.) Starring Jimmy Jewel, Ben Warriss and Sally Barnes, with Geraldo and his Orchestra.
Mon 9th Aug until Sat 14th Aug 1954Guy MitchellAmerica's Top Singing Star, with Vera Cody, and others.
Mon 16th Aug until Sat 21st Aug 1954Tommy TrinderWith supporting variety acts.
Mon 23rd Aug until Sat 28th Aug 1954The Party SpiritWith Robertson Hare, Ralph Lynn and Vera Pearce.
Mon 30th Aug until Sat 4th Sep 1954Al MartinoAmerican singer, with variety support.
Mon 6th Sep until Sat 11th Sep 1954Variety ShowWith Bill Johnson, Bonar Colleano, Semprini, and others.
Mon 13th Sep until Sat 2nd Oct 1954Love From JudyBritish musical Hit.
Mon 4th Oct until Sat 9th Oct 1954All-Star Variety ShowWith The Five Smith Brothers and Peter Cavanagh.
Mon 11th Oct until Sat 16th Oct 1954Dickie Valentine"Singing for You".
Mon 18th Oct until Sat 23rd Oct 1954The Desert SongStarring John Hanson.
Mon 25th Oct until Sat 30th Oct 1954Spider's WebAgatha Christie play, starring Margaret Lockwood, with Felix Aylmer.Click to view
Mon 1st Nov until Sat 27th Nov 19541954 Birthday ShowStarring Billy Cotton and his Band, with Derek Roy, Helene Cordet, Charlie Cairoli, and others.
Mon 29th Nov until Sat 4th Dec 1954Show BoatBy the Coventry Amateur Operatic Society, plus cast of 80.
Mon 6th Dec until Sat 18th Dec 1954Happy HolidayMusical, starring Reg Dixon, Janet Brown, Marie Burke, and many others.Click to view
Fri 24th Dec 1954 until Sat 12th Mar 1955CinderellaStarring Harry Secombe as Buttons, plus a cast of 90.
Sun 26th Dec 1954Jack Parnell and his OrchestraFeaturing Dennis Hale and Irene Miller.

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Also of interest might be A short history of Coventry's Theatres and Cinemas, by Bill Birch.

 
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